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Mapping Digital Literacy Policy and Practice in the Canadian Education Landscape

Mapping Digital Literacy Policy and Practice in the Canadian Education Landscape

Date: 

30 Mar 2015

To develop the Use, Understand & Create framework, we needed to first explore the digital literacy skills Canadian youth were already learning in different provinces and territories.

Our discussion paper Mapping Digital Literacy Policy and Practice in the Canadian Landscape draws on policy and curriculum documents from across the country to synthesize key concepts and best practices in current digital literacy education.

The discussion paper was made possible by financial contributions from Google Canada.

YCWW, Phase III: Trends and Recommendations

Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Trends and Recommendations

Date: 

21 Jan 2015

This is the final report in a series of nine from the Young Canadian in a Wired World: Phase III study. The Trends and Recommendations report brings together the findings from interviews with children, teens, parents and teachers and a national survey of students in grades 4 to 11, which took place between 2012 and 2013. It offers recommendations for parents, teachers and policy makers to support young people in meeting the challenges of growing up in the digital age. It also includes an analysis of students’ top 50 favourite websites and profiles of students’ online activities organized by grade.

Encountering Racist and Sexist Content Online

Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Encountering Racist and Sexist Content Online

Date: 

19 Jun 2014

This report is drawn from a national survey of Canadian youth conducted by MediaSmarts in 2013. The classroom-based survey of 5,436 students in grades 4 through 11, in every province and territory, examined the role of networked technologies in young people’s lives. Encountering Racist and Sexist Content Online (the sixth in a series of reports from the survey) looks at how often Canadian youth are exposed to prejudice online, how it makes them feel and how they respond to it.

Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age

Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age

Date: 

29 May 2014

This report is drawn from a national survey of Canadian youth conducted by MediaSmarts in 2013. The classroom-based survey of 5,436 students in grades 4 through 11, in every province and territory, examined the role of networked technologies in young people’s lives. Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age (the fifth in a series of reports from the survey) examines issues such as sexting, romantic interactions online, and accessing pornography and information about sexuality.

Youth and Digital Skills Symposium

Youth and Digital Skills Symposium: Preparing young Canadians to make social, economic and cultural contributions

Date: 

08 May 2014

To explore the critical issue of promoting the importance of essential digital literacy and skills for Canadian youth, a one-day invitation-only Symposium was organized by the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) and MediaSmarts in Ottawa on February 10, 2014. This summary report – Youth and Digital Skills Symposium: Preparing young Canadians to make social, economic and cultural contributions – encapsulates “what we heard”. It frames the challenges and opportunities and suggests ways forward as captured by the organizers.

Experts or Amateurs? Gauging Young Canadians’ Digital Literacy Skills

Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Experts or Amateurs? Gauging Young Canadians’ Digital Literacy Skills

Date: 

31 Mar 2014

This report is drawn from a national survey of Canadian youth conducted by MediaSmarts in 2013. The classroom-based survey of 5,436 students in grades 4 through 11, in every province and territory, examined the role of networked technologies in young people’s lives. Experts or Amateurs? Gauging Young Canadians’ Digital Literacy Skills (the fourth in a series of reports from the survey) explores the level of young people’s digital literacy skills, how they are learning these skills and how well digital technologies are being used in classrooms to support these skills.

Cyberbullying: Dealing with Online Meanness, Cruelty and Threats

Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Cyberbullying: Dealing with Online Meanness, Cruelty and Threats

Date: 

18 Mar 2014

This report is drawn from a national survey of Canadian youth conducted by MediaSmarts in 2013. The classroom-based survey of 5,436 students in grades 4 through 11, in every province and territory, examined the role of networked technologies in young people’s lives. Cyberbullying: Dealing with Online Meanness, Cruelty and Threats (the third in a series of reports from the survey) looks at youths’ experiences with online conflict, the strategies they use to deal with this and who they turn to for support.

Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Online Privacy, Online Publicity

Date: 

19 Feb 2014

This report is drawn from a national survey of Canadian youth conducted by MediaSmarts in 2013. The classroom-based survey of 5,436 students in grades 4 through 11, in every province and territory, examined the role of networked technologies in young people’s lives. Online Privacy, Online Publicity (the second in a series of reports from the survey) explores the Janus-faced nature of online privacy by examining the strategies that young people use to control how they are represented online and the ways in which they seek to assert some sort of control over their personal information.

Life Online

Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Life Online

Date: 

22 Jan 2014

This report is drawn from a national survey of Canadian youth conducted by MediaSmarts in 2013. The classroom-based survey of 5,436 students in Grades 4 through 11, in every province and territory, examined the role of networked technologies in young people’s lives. Life Online (the first in series of reports from the survey) focuses on what youth are doing online, what sites they’re going to, their attitudes towards online safety, household rules on Internet use, and unplugging from digital technologies.

Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Talking to Youth and Parents about Life Online

Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Talking to Youth and Parents about Life Online

Date: 

29 May 2012

This exploratory study examines the attitudes and experiences of children, youth and parents relating to networked technologies. Results indicate a generation of adults who have become hyper-vigilant about young people’s online lives and a generation of youth who are navigating “life in the fishbowl” when it comes to their digital experiences. Findings will set the stage for a national survey of students in 2013.


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YCWW, Phase III: Trends and Recommendations

Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Trends and Recommendations

Date: 

21 Jan 2015

This is the final report in a series of nine from the Young Canadian in a Wired World: Phase III study. The Trends and Recommendations report brings together the findings from interviews with children, teens, parents and teachers and a national survey of students in grades 4 to 11, which took place between 2012 and 2013. It offers recommendations for parents, teachers and policy makers to support young people in meeting the challenges of growing up in the digital age. It also includes an analysis of students’ top 50 favourite websites and profiles of students’ online activities organized by grade.

Encountering Racist and Sexist Content Online

Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Encountering Racist and Sexist Content Online

Date: 

19 Jun 2014

This report is drawn from a national survey of Canadian youth conducted by MediaSmarts in 2013. The classroom-based survey of 5,436 students in grades 4 through 11, in every province and territory, examined the role of networked technologies in young people’s lives. Encountering Racist and Sexist Content Online (the sixth in a series of reports from the survey) looks at how often Canadian youth are exposed to prejudice online, how it makes them feel and how they respond to it.

Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age

Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age

Date: 

29 May 2014

This report is drawn from a national survey of Canadian youth conducted by MediaSmarts in 2013. The classroom-based survey of 5,436 students in grades 4 through 11, in every province and territory, examined the role of networked technologies in young people’s lives. Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age (the fifth in a series of reports from the survey) examines issues such as sexting, romantic interactions online, and accessing pornography and information about sexuality.

Experts or Amateurs? Gauging Young Canadians’ Digital Literacy Skills

Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Experts or Amateurs? Gauging Young Canadians’ Digital Literacy Skills

Date: 

31 Mar 2014

This report is drawn from a national survey of Canadian youth conducted by MediaSmarts in 2013. The classroom-based survey of 5,436 students in grades 4 through 11, in every province and territory, examined the role of networked technologies in young people’s lives. Experts or Amateurs? Gauging Young Canadians’ Digital Literacy Skills (the fourth in a series of reports from the survey) explores the level of young people’s digital literacy skills, how they are learning these skills and how well digital technologies are being used in classrooms to support these skills.

Cyberbullying: Dealing with Online Meanness, Cruelty and Threats

Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Cyberbullying: Dealing with Online Meanness, Cruelty and Threats

Date: 

18 Mar 2014

This report is drawn from a national survey of Canadian youth conducted by MediaSmarts in 2013. The classroom-based survey of 5,436 students in grades 4 through 11, in every province and territory, examined the role of networked technologies in young people’s lives. Cyberbullying: Dealing with Online Meanness, Cruelty and Threats (the third in a series of reports from the survey) looks at youths’ experiences with online conflict, the strategies they use to deal with this and who they turn to for support.

Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Online Privacy, Online Publicity

Date: 

19 Feb 2014

This report is drawn from a national survey of Canadian youth conducted by MediaSmarts in 2013. The classroom-based survey of 5,436 students in grades 4 through 11, in every province and territory, examined the role of networked technologies in young people’s lives. Online Privacy, Online Publicity (the second in a series of reports from the survey) explores the Janus-faced nature of online privacy by examining the strategies that young people use to control how they are represented online and the ways in which they seek to assert some sort of control over their personal information.

Life Online

Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Life Online

Date: 

22 Jan 2014

This report is drawn from a national survey of Canadian youth conducted by MediaSmarts in 2013. The classroom-based survey of 5,436 students in Grades 4 through 11, in every province and territory, examined the role of networked technologies in young people’s lives. Life Online (the first in series of reports from the survey) focuses on what youth are doing online, what sites they’re going to, their attitudes towards online safety, household rules on Internet use, and unplugging from digital technologies.

Teachers' Perspectives

Young Canadians in a Wired World – Phase III Teachers' Perspectives

Date: 

15 Feb 2012

This study explores the attitudes of Canadian teachers regarding networked technologies in classrooms: do they enhance learning and what is the impact on the teacher-student relationship? Results indicate that there are significant challenges to overcome in integrating technology in meaningful ways that enrich the learning process. A number of best practices are also identified.

Trends and Recommendations

Young Canadians in a Wired World – Phase II Trends and Recommendations

Date: 

02 Nov 2005

Young Canadians in a Wired World – Phase II focus groups and the student survey that followed made it very clear that the Net has become an integral part of young Canadians’ social environment. Trends and Recommendations looks at the findings from both the qualitative and quantitative research to create a snapshot of that environment.

Focus Groups

Young Canadians in a Wired World – Phase II Focus Groups

Date: 

02 Feb 2004

In November 2003, the Media Awareness Network (MNet) conducted qualitative research, regarding young people’s Internet use, through a series of focus groups with parents and young people, aged 11-17, in Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal.


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